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Thu, Nov. 12th, 2009 11:15 pm
Dear Yuletide Santa... (2009)

Dear yuletide Santa,

Hey, there! Thanks so much for signing up for this ficathon. I hope you enjoy working with my prompts. If they don't inspire you, don't worry. I'm sure I'll love whatever you create, and I want you to have as much fun as possible writing it! Feel free to throw anything and everything out the window if you're not enjoying yourself.

To begin, let me tell you a little about myself. I'm an unrepentant (yet hopefully not tinhatted) shipper who tends to orient towards canon and subtextual canon ships. I prefer not to read slash stories pairing characters who are canonically straight. Of course, these prompts lend themselves more to gen fics than shippy ones, but if for whatever reason you want to go a different direction, I felt inclined to throw that out there.

I enjoy reading fics from almost anywhere in the emotional spectrum, though I tend to shy away from soul-sucking angst-wallowing and excessive violence. Anyway, my prompts don't really lend themselves to soul-sucking angst-wallowing, so I think we're good on that count! Character-bashing is a major turn-off. I delight in seeing characters enjoying themselves and each other, and I dig banter and UST with a backhoe. "Competence porn" is always a treat.

I actually haven't read much fic in the Castle and Leverage fandoms, so if you have an idea that you worry might be too "used" in the ficbase, don't worry! Chances are high I'll never know. As for Codex Alera, seeing as how there are scarcely a dozen fanfics in existence, I don't think you're likely to encounter that problem! :D

Codex Alera: I want to see Ehren on a mission! Sneakiness is a plus. Tone and supporting cast (if any) are up to you.

Ehren is one of my favourite characters in the Alera series. I'm fascinated by the development of his character--he grows into a man capable of deadly ruthlessness and keen intelligence, yet he never loses the bookish, unassuming, meek exterior that characterized him in his first appearance in "Academ's Fury." His exploits are a delight to read about, and I want to see his loyalty, competence, and innovation in action.

As for the mission, you can play it straight or for laughs--whatever tickles your muse! He could be on a covert mission from Gaius, or he and Tavi could've gotten roped into a harebrained scheme with Max at the Academy, or something else completely. Whatever inspires you!

If you can't stand the idea of writing Ehren and curse my name for suggesting him, I also adore Kitai.

Castle: A Castle family outing. Hijinks ensue!

I can't get enough of the teasing yet rock-solid supportive bond between Castle and his family. I'd like to see them on some sort of family outing together, complete with the merry madness that tends to follow Castle around. How intentional the "family" part of the outing is up to you--Alexis and Martha both have a knack for showing up to places unexpectedly. If it suits your fancy, an appearance from any of the folks at the NYPD would not go amiss. It's always fun to see Castle thrown slightly off balance by the intersection of the different spheres of his life. Again, whatever gets your creative juices flowing!

Leverage: Parker, Hardison, and Elliot plan a scheme of their own.

I love seeing these three interact in any context. I'm curious to see what would happen if they needed to put their heads together. Maybe Mom and Dad are bickering again, and the trio needs to shake them out of their drama. Maybe a job goes south, and they lose contact with Nate and Sophie. Go wild!

I take great glee in Parker and Hardison's bizarre, shuffle-footed overtures, so if you want to throw in any hints of that dynamic, feel free!

Thanks again! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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that kind of girl
Fri, Jan. 1st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Hello! I just wanted to thank you again for the brilliant Spook story you wrote me for Yuletide. It was an absolute treat to read and I just loved it. Thanks again!